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Ben McLemore wins Big 12 player of the week

Kansas fans reach to slap hands with Ben McLemore as he exits the floor after a 33-point performance and a game-tying three that send the game into overtime on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas fans reach to slap hands with Ben McLemore as he exits the floor after a 33-point performance and a game-tying three that send the game into overtime on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 14, 2013

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Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore has been selected as the Big 12 player of the week, the conference announced Monday morning.

McLemore averaged 21.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as KU won its first two games in Big 12 play with a 97-89 overtime victory over Iowa State and a 60-46 triumph at Texas Tech.

The freshman guard opened the week by scoring 33 points against ISU on 10-of-12 shooting — including 6-of-6 accuracy from 3-point range — along with 7-for-7 shooting from the free throw line. He scored 13 of KU's final 23 points in the final seven minutes, including the game-tying three-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining to send the contest to overtime. It was the most points by a Jayhawk freshman since Danny Manning in 1985 (35 vs. Oklahoma State).

For the week, McLemore made 63.2 percent of his field goals, 60 percent of his shots beyond the arc and 86.7 percent of his free throws. He ranks second in the Big 12 in scoring with 16.4 points per contest.

Iowa State freshman forward Georges Niang, who scored 13 points at KU on Wednesday, including the team's first eight points, was chosen as the league's rookie of the week.

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